Graduate Student Spotlights

Christina Lordeman

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I've loved German ever since I started learning it in 9th grade. I was a German major as an undergrad but always knew I wanted to go into education. I want to teach English abroad in Germany or Turkey but also have the ability to teach German in the U.S., and the dual-certification TESOL/Foreign Language Education program was the perfect way for me to do that.
My inspiration is:
my students; the Bible; stories of people who devote themselves to serving others
If I could change the world, I would:
break the correlation between socio-economic status and the quality of education children receive
Something I collect:
postcards from places I've been
Why I went to Graduate School:
so I could become a teacher but get a degree in my subject first
The best gift I've ever received:
a wonderful family, friends and a great education
My biggest challenge is:
waking up early - I'm a night owl!
The professor who influenced me the most:
probably Christina Frei, the German professor who encouraged me to major in German and later became my thesis advisor
How I take my coffee:
with milk and half a packet of Splenda
The most adventurous thing I've ever done is:
live abroad in Berlin for two years and travel to Turkey by myself, including a 6-hour bus ride from Istanbul to Ankara with no English-speakers!
My secret passion is:
singing, learning Turkish (though I'm not sure how "secret" they are)
What I do to de-stress:
read, sleep, listen to music, have some tea or hot chocolate

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Texas (until age 12) and Tennessee
What are your plans after you graduate?
I would like to teach English in Germany or Turkey; eventually I'd like to pursue a PhD in international education policy.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Fulbright grant - English teaching assistantship in Germany, Induction to Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Pennsylvania chapter, Induction to Delta Phi Alpha German Honors Society, U. Penn chapter, Daniel B. Shumway Prize for outstanding achievement in German studies, U. Penn, National Forensic League Academic All-American Award, Elected Governor at American Legion Auxiliary Girls State (Tennessee)
Community Service and Other Activities:
Various church volunteer work with children and teens, music and leadership Relief work trips to New Orleans Serving as a volunteer counselor at Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp West Philadelphia Tutoring Project at U. Penn